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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Tuesday, February 6

Proverbs 13:24 seems to be one of the most quoted and debated of the proverbs.  Rods came in all shapes and sizes.  Some were as light as branches, which were probably the type mentioned here.  These rods would sting but not cause serious injury.

Other rods, such as those Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 11:25, were used to punish adults who were guilty of crimes.  They were quite painful.  Another type of rod was made of iron and was often used as a scepter to signify authority, as in the Messiah's rule over the nations in Psalm 2:9

Jesus used a whip made from vines to symbolize his authority when cleansing the temple.  It's doubtful that he caused any real harm.  We have no references to him in his ministry striking anyone.  

Children under the Mosaic law were commanded to honor their parents.  Disobedient children could risk the death penalty (Leviticus 20:9Deuteronomy 21:18-21).  No doubt this would involve the most unusual and desperate of circumstances and crimes such as those a criminal court would consider today.

I do not believe that parents should ever physically strike their children.  You can actually go to jail and have your children taken away from you.  Besides that, there are far better ways to discipline and teach.  We need to remember that most Jews in Solomon's day were (and still are) wonderful parents to their kids compared to their pagan neighbors.  They had the best example of parental mercy and compassion exemplified to them through their heavenly Father, God Himself!

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